The state of Colorado did it’s part to help protect LGBT youth by passing an anti-bullying law in 2011, but school districts haven’t held up their end of the bargain in enforcement.
According to Out Front only 55 of the 147 school districts in Colorado have policies that comply with the law. That means that only 37 percent of districts explicitly protect LGBT youth in their policies.
“Comprehensive, enumerated bullying prevention policies make schools safer for all young people,” said Brad Clark, One Colorado’s executive director. “The legislature has done its job, passing a law that protects gay and transgender young people. But more than 60 percent of school districts have not done their part to ensure that policies are implemented at the local level.”
Since so few of the districts have made the shift to protect LGBT youth, it may be up to the students themselves to speak out against bullying, like the 68 year old bus monitor bullied by 7th graders.
A student posted the video of her abuse, which resulted in an outpouring of public support and general outcry against bullying from the public.
If it can happen for a bus monitor, it can definitely happen for LGBT students as well.
Bullying of LGBT youth goes beyond the schoolyard(thehill.com)
Supporters Rally for Bullied Bus Monitor, 68(fox8.com)